Okanagan-Shuswap Nearby: Oliver

This 4,000 person town sits at the northern tip of the American Great Basin Desert which extends all the way to Mexico. The area was established under a land grant in 1921 by the BC Premier "honest" John Oliver, to settle veterans from the First World War. They dammed the river to the north of town and built an irrigation canal (called "the Ditch" by locals). This converted the desert valley floor and hillsides into productive orchards and vineyards. The Fairview Townsite, 3 kilometres west on Fairview Rd, was an 1880s boomtown in the gold rush days but was abandoned in 1906.

The town has a number of golf courses and an 18 kilometre bike trail along the Similkameen River. The valley has fine rivers, lakes and streams for swimming, fishing and boating. Bear and Madden Lakes are known for trout fishing, and Vaseux Lake an Inkaneep provincial parks are nearby.

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Official Town Website: http://www.oliverbc.ca/index.asp

Oliver Events

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Oliver Attractions

Oliver Heritage Society Museum
9728 356 Ave
Exhibits cover the range of the areas flora and fauna as well as the mining history reflected in the nearby Fairview gold mining settlement

Okanagan Valley International Peace Park
Along Okanagan River
This park stretches a mile along the Okanagan River, just east of town.

Okanagan-Similkameen Growers Association
East 9th St
Take a summer tour of Oliver's packing house, which has been in continuous operation since 1923. Take a walk through the area's test orchard where new crops are tried before being widely planted in the Okanagan.

Fairview Town Site
4.5 km Southwest of Oliver on Fairview Rd
The town was named Fairview for its great view of the Okanagan River below the town. At its peak, 500 people lived here extracting high-grade gold ore

Tugulnuit Lake
Harrison Way (370 Ave), off 69th St heading east
Tugunuit Lake, just to the east of the Okanagan River is a spring-fed lake. There is a public beach on the lake.

Passing Vaseux Lake

Vaseux Lake
14.5 km north of Oliver on Highway 97
This federal wildlife and bird sanctuary lies alongside a 4 kilometre-long shallow and weedy lake with nice sandy beaches. The lake is named for the French word for muddy. The lake is a resting point for birds coming through here on their spring and fall migrations, and attracts some species not sighted anywhere else in Canada: the canyon wren, white throated swift and the white-headed woodpecker. On the southwest end of the lake is McIntyre Bluff, named for one of the Overlanders in 1862. There is no power boating allowed on the lake. The nearby Wildlife Centre, with its trails and blinds, provides opportunities to view California bighorn sheep and some of the area's unique flora and fauna. There is a Provincial Park with 14 campsites beside the Wildlife Centre.


Burrowing Owl Vineyards
Winemaker: Bill Dyer
100 Burrowing Owl Place
Black Sage Road,
Oliver, BC, V0H 1T0
Tel: 1-877-498-0620 (toll free)
Fax: 1-250-498-0621

Carriage House Wines
Winemakers: Dave Wagner
32764 Black Sage Road,
Oliver, BC, V0H 1T0
Phone (250) 498-8818

Domaine Combret
Winemaker: Olivier Combret
PO Box 1170,
Oliver, BC, V0H 1TO
Phone (250) 498-8878
Fax: 250 498 8879

Gehringer Brothers Estate Winery
Winemaker: Walter Gehringer
RR#1, S23, C4, (Road 8)
Oliver, BC, V0H 1T0
Phone (250) 498-3537
Fax (250) 498-3510

Gersighel Wineberg
Winemaker: Gerd & Helgi DeGussen
RR#1, S40, C20, (29690 Hwy 97)
Oliver, BC, V0H 1T0
Phone (250) 495-3319

Golden Mile Cellars
Winemaker: Andrea Mayer
12343 - 316A Ave, Road 13,
Oliver, BC, V0H 1T0
Phone & Fax (250) 498-4263

Hester Creek Estate Winery
Winemaker: Frank Supernak
13163 - 326 Street, P.O. Box 1605,
Oliver, BC, V0H 1T0
Phone (250) 498-4435
Fax (250) 498-0651

Inniskillin Okanagan
Winemaker: Sandor Mayer
RR#1, S24, C5 (Road 11)
Oliver, BC, V0H 1T0
Phone (250) 498-6663
Fax (250) 498-4566

Tinhorn Creek Vineyards
Winemaker: Sandra Oldfield
RR#1, S58, C10 (Road 7)
Oliver, BC, V0H 1T0
Phone (250) 498-3743 or 1-888-4-TINHORN (toll free)
Fax (250) 498-3228

Vincor International (Jackson Triggs)
Winemaker: Bruce Nicholson
Box 1650, Hwy 97,
Oliver, BC, V0H 1T0
Phone (250) 498-4981
Fax (250) 498-6505

Oliver & Osoyoos wineries & vineyards

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